Drugs and Alcohol

In St Helens agencies are working together to;

  • take action against those dealing drugs in our communities,
  • raise awareness of the risks of taking or becoming involved drugs,
  • ensure treatment services are effective and accessible.

What are we doing?

The following are just some of the initiatives we use to tackle drug and alcohol related crime:

  • Set up the COMPASS programme, to provide targeted support to the most prolific offenders in St.Helens.
  • Worked with our partner agencies to target and evict individuals from properties prior to drug-closure procedures.
  • Targeted Town Centre venues with a combination of enforcement action and awareness-raising.
  • Maintained a mandatory Test on Arrest programme at St.Helens Police Station Custody Suite
  • Opened a recovery centre for offenders who want to become drug-free and increased support services through the commissioning of CGL (see below).
  • Review and revoke premises licences based on involvement in crime and disorder.
  • Utilised our CCTV system. The Police were informed of any incidents that may have escalated towards violence by CCTV operators.
  • Continued to agree Acceptable Behaviour Contracts with those arrested for alcohol-related disorder in nighttime economy locations. Those who refused were referred to the St.Helens Pubwatch scheme for consideration of PubWatch bans.
  • Offenders with alcohol problems have successfully completed alcohol treatment programmes
    whilst under Probation supervision. 

Treatment Services

In St Helens, a free and confidential drug and alcohol service is provided by CGL (Change, Grow, Live), the service for adults, was launched on 1st February 2017.

CGL - St Helens
80 Corporation Street
St Helens

WA10 1UQ

Tel: 01744 410752

Email:  [email protected]  

Services Provided:

  • Structured group work
  • Peer-led activities
  • One to one work
  • Pharmecotherapy
  • Health assessments
  • BBV testing and vaccinations
  • Hospital liaison
  • Advice and information
  • Community detox
  • Outreach
  • 'Breaking the Cycle' family support

Opening hours 

 Monday - Friday : 9.00am - 5.00pm (late night Wednesday till 8.00pm)
 Saturday : 9.00am - 1.00pm


 Young People's Services

There are services available for young people up to the age of 19, provided by the Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team. More details can be found on their website. They can be contacted as below.

Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team
Lord Street Centre
Lord Street
St. Helens
WA10 2SP

Tel: 01744 675 605

Email: [email protected]  

Opening Times - Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.